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Windy City Times 2020-08-19
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wct 2020-08-19

HRC removes tweet praising Lightfoot

HRC removed a Twitter posting on Aug. 18 praising lesbian mayor Lori Lightfoot after her participation in programming connected to the 2020 Democratic convention. HRC officials apologized for the initial post and acknowledged pushback they received ...
wct 2020-08-19

Judge stops HHS rule change from taking effect

U.S. District Court Judge Frederic Block issued a temporary injunction Monday (August 17), delaying the implementation of new rules written by the Trump administration that would eliminate protections for LGBT people in ...
LGBT people keynote and caucus at Convention Day 2

LGBT people keynote and caucus at Convention Day 2

Tuesday night's Democratic National Convention launched with a video "keynote" in which 17 people —including three gay men— shared the time to explain why they are voting for the party's presidential nominee Joe Biden. Throughout the ...
wct 2020-08-19

Preckwinkle extends deadline for suburban rental assistance

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development and the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) announced the application deadline extension for the Cook County ...
wct 2020-08-19

In midst of vote by mail controversy, Trump pardons Susan B Anthony

In the midst of a controversy over President Trump's attempts to interfere with the right of citizens to vote by mail, President Trump made a surprise announcement Tuesday morning that he will sign a presidential pardon ...
wct 2020-08-19

Convention week will make history

There will be a lot of history made at this week's Democratic National Convention. Some will be highly visible — like prime-time closing night speeches by two high-profile LGBT leaders. Some will be totally behind the ...
wct 2020-08-19

PASSAGES Former Gov. Thompson dies at 84, leaves mixed LGBTQ+ legacy

Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson—nicknamed "Big Jim" because of his 6' 6" frame—died Aug. 14 at age 84. Thompson, a Republican moderate who served four terms from 1977 to 1991, was from Chicago. He later was ...
World Rugby's proposed ban on transgender women sparks outcry

World Rugby's proposed ban on transgender women sparks outcry

Citing recent research, a 38-page World Rugby transgender working group draft document is proposing a ban on transgender women from playing women's rugby. An anonymous leaked the draft document to The Guardian. Windy City Times was ...
wct 2020-08-19

LGBTQ Victory Institute launches Presidential Appointments Initiative

LGBTQ Victory Institute launched its Presidential Appointments Initiative and announced four goals for the next administration as it considers its presidential appointments, a press release noted. A coalition of 31 ...
Coalition of state lawmakers proposes sweeping ethics reforms

Coalition of state lawmakers proposes sweeping ethics reforms

In the wake of the numerous, ongoing federal investigations involving bribery, influence peddling and insider-trading impacting state government officials and lobbyists, a broad coalition of lawmakers gathered Aug. 13 to ...
Longtime lesbian activist named to be chief of staff for Kamala Harris

Longtime lesbian activist named to be chief of staff for Kamala Harris

Longtime organizer Karine Jean-Pierre has been named chief of staff for Democratic presumptive vice presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California). Earlier this year, she began serving as a senior ...

  News

wct 2020-08-19

Historic number of LGBTQ Florida State Legislative candidates win primaries

--From a LGBTQ Victory Fund press release

Washington, DC — Three openly LGBTQ non-incumbent candidates endorsed by LGBTQ Victory Fund won their Florida state House primary races Tuesday night — Joshua Hicks, Ricky Junquera and Michele Rayner — putting the state on-track to ...
wct 2020-08-19

Shevrin Jones defeats anti-LGBTQ opponents; may be first LGBTQ Florida State Senator

--From a LGBTQ Victory Fund press release

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate Shevrin Jones won the Democratic primary for a Florida state Senate seat and will likely become the first openly LGBTQ person ever elected to the Florida state ...
Nigerian LGBTQ+ refugee-turned-activist on importance of compassion

Nigerian LGBTQ+ refugee-turned-activist on importance of compassion

Edafe Okporo came to the United States from Nigeria in 2016. Now, he's the founder of New York's first full-time LGBTQ+ refugee shelter. Along the way, he has gained insight to how one can make a ...
Organization leaders discuss board diversity strategies

Organization leaders discuss board diversity strategies

Windy City Times recently surveyed a number of local organizations about the diversity of both their board leadership and their organization's staff and employees. That initial survey, which appeared in the July 22 issue of Windy ...
wct 2020-08-19

30 Under 30 postponed until June 2021

Windy City Times has made the difficult decision to postpone its annual 30 Under 30 Awards until next June, citing the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place Wed., June 24, at Polo ...
PASSAGES Medusa's owner Dave Shelton passes away

PASSAGES Medusa's owner Dave Shelton passes away

Dave Shelton, a.k.a. Dave "Medusa" Shelton—so named for his trademark frizzy locks— "just was different," recalled his good friend of 45 years, Richard Cooke. Shelton was the proprietor of the iconic nightspot Medusa's on Sheffield in ...
DANK Haus hosts 'Gay Berlin' forum with author

DANK Haus hosts 'Gay Berlin' forum with author

Chicago's DANK Haus German American Cultural Center hosted a virtual discussion event with Dr. Robert Beachy, author of the Randy Shilts Award-winning book Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity, on Aug. 6. The event began ...
wct 2020-08-19

Research results show potential impact of anti-trans HUD regulation

The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law unveiled research results on the heels of news that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a proposed rule that aims to revise the Equal ...
Ally opens Diverse Little Free Library in Norridge

Ally opens Diverse Little Free Library in Norridge

Former elementary school teacher and healthcare non-profit education manager Lauren Erbach Barnfield is on a mission to bring diverse children's books to her Norridge neighborhood—with a Diverse Little Free Library located in ...
wct 2020-08-19

LETTER What's in a name? And striving for racial equality

What's in a name? Dear community: The growing debate over the name change of Boystown is reflective of a broader cultural tectonic shift on race, gender, sexual orientation and trans issues that take place in many ...
wct 2020-08-19

LGBTQ Democratic Convention event "Voices of Victory" celebrates LGBTQ political representation

--From a LGBTQ Victory Institute press release

Washington, DC — Dozens of LGBTQ elected officials, celebrities and leaders will join LGBTQ Victory Institute for its "Voices of Victory: Our Convention Celebration" this Thursday at 7:30pm ET on Facebook Live. The event — an ...
Holocaust Museum, Resiliency2020 hosting star-studded event

Holocaust Museum, Resiliency2020 hosting star-studded event

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center has partnered with Resiliency2020 for a star-studded event. On Sept. 10, Resiliency2020 will bring together best-selling singers and songwriters, renowned entrepreneurs, respected mental health ...
Driehaus reopening in late August

Driehaus reopening in late August

The Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., will reopen to the public Saturday, Aug. 29. The museum will open for a members-only preview Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 22-23. Patrons are urged to wear face coverings. Also, new health ...
NATIONAL Streisand/Summer, HIV treatment, Alex Morse, Barney Frank

NATIONAL Streisand/Summer, HIV treatment, Alex Morse, Barney Frank

MeidasTouch, a progressive Democratic political action group, teamed with the LGBTQ voting initiative Vote Proud for their latest video, titled "Enough Is Enough," Billboard noted. The video focuses on rallying queer people to vote by pointing ...
WORLD Pride events, Queensland, Costa Rica refuge, George Michael

WORLD Pride events, Queensland, Costa Rica refuge, George Michael

The pandemic may have forced Pride organizers to cancel their planned march this year in Sarajevo, but activists say they will compensate for this loss with many other activities, BalkanInsight.com noted. Preparations for the march—scheduled for ...
LGBTQ locals weigh in on choice of Kamala Harris

LGBTQ locals weigh in on choice of Kamala Harris

Windy City Times asked local LGBTQ individuals what they thought of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's selection of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as a running mate. This is what they had to say: —Modesto "Tico" Valle: ...
Report: Foxx abused discretion but broke no laws in Smollett case

Report: Foxx abused discretion but broke no laws in Smollett case

Regarding the ongoing case involving embatted actor Jussie Smollett, an investigation led by special prosecutor Dan Webb indicated that no criminal charges were warranted against anyone in Cook County State's Attorney Kim ...
wct 2020-08-19

Illinois Arts Council Agency announces open-deadline grants

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) has announced the release of fiscal year 2021 guidelines and application materials for its open deadline programs: Artstour & Live Music, Short-term Artists Residency, and Individual ...
wct 2020-08-19

Federal Trial Court Issues injunction against anti-LGBTQ HHS provisions

--From a press release

(New York, NY, Aug. 17, 2020) — Today, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York issued an injunction in Walker v. Azar, one of the various challenges to the Trump administration's ...
Lambda Legal names Sherise Bright as Chief Communications Officer

Lambda Legal names Sherise Bright as Chief Communications Officer

--From a press release

(New York, August 17, 2020) — Today, Lambda Legal announced it has named Sherise Bright as the organization's next Chief Communications Officer. "We are thrilled to have Sherise join our team as our next Chief Communications ...
wct 2020-08-19

PASSAGES Filmmaker, Outfest alum and Emmy-Award-winning producer Ash Christian dies

--From a press release

NEW YORK (August 16, 2020) — Dallas native, Ash Christian, an Emmy Award winning producer, actor filmmaker and LGBTQ+ activist passed away in his sleep on Friday, August 14, 2020 while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. ...
wct 2020-08-19

Bronx District Attorney Clark declines to charge officers who killed resident in his home

--From a The Justice Committee press release

New York, NY - In response to Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark's decision not to charge NYPD Officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis, the Justice Committee and Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) released the following ...
wct 2020-08-19

Restaurant association announces employee relief fund

Executives at the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) announced the establishment of the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF) Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. A statewide emergency assistance ...
wct 2020-08-19

MA Democratic party chair to investigate election treatment of gay Congressional candidate

--From a LGBTQ Victory Fund press release

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, applauded reports that Massachusetts Democratic Party chair Gus Bickford will investigate ...

  Entertainment

wct 2020-08-19

Virtual Chalk Howard Street extended through Oct. 23

With the nonprofit Rogers Park Business Alliance and Howard Street Special Service Area #19 hosting, Virtual Chalk Howard Street has returned. On every other Friday at 11 a.m. from Aug. 28 through Oct. 23, Chicago 3-D
...
Sideshow announces new artistic leadership

Sideshow announces new artistic leadership

Sideshow Theatre Company Artistic director Jonathan L. Green announced he will step down this fall after helming the company for 13 years. Green will be succeeded by ensemble member and Artistic Director-elect Regina Victor (a onetime ...
Trans advocate Jamison Green talks about increasing visibility

Trans advocate Jamison Green talks about increasing visibility

Jamison Green would really like to go hiking again. He last went on a serious hike three years ago, before he and his wife left the Bay Area. He's been an outdoorsman his whole life and he lives in an area ...
STREAMING THEATER REVIEW Bad Dates

STREAMING THEATER REVIEW Bad Dates

Playwright: Theresa Rebeck At: Online. Tickets: $25-$50; OilLampTheater.org. Runs through: Aug. 23 Fashion being an integral element in romantic fiction, we are not surprised to first discover our heroine in her boudoir, readying herself for a ...
NUNN ON ONE TV Ashley Romans bites into juicy role on AMC series 'NOS4A2'

NUNN ON ONE TV Ashley Romans bites into juicy role on AMC series 'NOS4A2'

Based on Joe Hill's novel of the same name, the AMC series NOS4A2 spins a vampire's tale in unexpected directions. Out actor Zachary Quinto is the ominous Charlie Manx, who battles the gifted Vic McQueen, played ...
WCPA names William Southerland as new artistic director

WCPA names William Southerland as new artistic director

Local LGBTQ+ choral organization Windy City Performing Arts (WCPA) has named Dr. William Southerland as the artistic director of Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire. Southerland joins WCPA following a seven-year run as ...
MUSIC The B-52s' Kate Pierson takes the stage to urge women to vote

MUSIC The B-52s' Kate Pierson takes the stage to urge women to vote

Kate Pierson has been in the public eye in two different aspects. First, she's known worldwide as part of the band The B-52s, which have numerous hits, such as "Rock Lobster," "Roam" and "Love Shack." (She ...
'Making Sweet Tea': Out NU dean talks about new documentary

'Making Sweet Tea': Out NU dean talks about new documentary

Performer and Northwestern University Dean E. Patrick Johnson discussed his new film and the importance of reclaiming storytelling agency in a virtual Q&A Lambda Legal hosted Aug. 9. Johnson, dean of Northwestern University's School of Communication, ...
Open House Chicago taking place Oct. 16-25

Open House Chicago taking place Oct. 16-25

The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) announced the return of Open House Chicago (OHC) for a 10th consecutive year. It will take place Oct. 16-25, and the festival has been reconfigured for both in-person and remote attendance. ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"It wasn't me."—Kathy Griffin's tweet after reports that there was a shooter outside the White House I'm more than a little bit psychic—but you already knew that. Last week, I bemoaned life without The View. (The ...
wct 2020-08-19

Goodman Theatre unveils 2021 season, "Whenever" Memberships"

(Chicago, IL) Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer announce "Our Next Act"—Goodman Theatre's 2021 Season of eight plays on its two stages (the 856-seat Albert Theatre and ...
wct 2020-08-19

Hyde Park Art Center reopening Sept. 1

Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., will reopen its doors for limited exhibition hours starting Tuesday, Sept. 1. The reopening will feature the Artists Run Chicago 2.0 exhibition, celebrating the work of 50 artist-run ...
Navy Pier to reclose temporarily

Navy Pier to reclose temporarily

The Chicago landmark Navy Pier will close again after having relatively few visitors because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Chicago Tribune noted. The attraction will shut down again Tuesday, Sept. 8, and stay shut until spring ...
BOOK REVIEW Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw

BOOK REVIEW Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw

By Charles Leerhsen $28; Simon & Schuster; 304 pages That man there? He's just a nice guy. Kind and generous, respectful and friendly, he's a true gentleman, and he's never judgmental. He loves children and animals, ...
SHOWBIZ Trans record label, Ruby Rose, gay producer dies, Kamala supporters

SHOWBIZ Trans record label, Ruby Rose, gay producer dies, Kamala supporters

Black trans record label Trans Trenderz announced new signings—and it also held the virtual event The Ghostly Beats Conference Aug. 14-15, a press release noted. Launched in 2016 after a successful mixtape of the same name ...
MOVIES 'Disarm Hate' features LGBTQ+ gun-control activists after massacre

MOVIES 'Disarm Hate' features LGBTQ+ gun-control activists after massacre

Narrated by the iconic actor Harvey Fierstein, the film Disarm Hate seeks to create awareness about gun violence against the LGBTQ+ community following the 2016 Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando that took 49 lives as the ...
MUSIC Performer Jane Badler helps present late son's musical vision

MUSIC Performer Jane Badler helps present late son's musical vision

Actress/musician Jane Badler said that her late son, Harry Hains, was someone who was "in a different vibration." "He never fit in," said Badler, who is perhaps best known for her role as the villainous alien ...
"She the People: Votes for Women" premiering Aug. 17

"She the People: Votes for Women" premiering Aug. 17

--From a press release

It's incredible that just a century ago, American women had no voice in democracy. It took over 70 years of campaigns, marches, protests and arrests to win the constitutional amendment — and even longer for all ...
wct 2020-08-19

'One Poem: A Protest Reading in Support of Black Lives' Aug. 18

On Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m., the Poetry Coalition—a network of 25+ literary organizations that includes Lambda Literary and Young Chicago Authors—will present "One Poem: A Protest Reading in Support of Black Lives." In this ...
MUSIC Cor.Ece: Queer singer on journey, 'The Chi' and 'hopeful electro-soul'

MUSIC Cor.Ece: Queer singer on journey, 'The Chi' and 'hopeful electro-soul'

Cor.Ece is a singer/songwriter who, unlike most people, seems to have found his niche: making inspiring music that he calls "hopeful electro-soul." He is now based in Los Angeles, but has literally traveled the country while ...

  Outlines

AUTOS 2020 Cadillac XT6 is the stylish transport for you and your posse

AUTOS 2020 Cadillac XT6 is the stylish transport for you and your posse

Cadillac has long hosted fashion shows with acres of flat sheetmetal, glistening chrome, and cabins drenched with all the finest materials. This once meant block-long sedans, but people aren't buying ...
wct 2020-08-19

Bears not planning on fans in stadium this season

The Chicago Bears are not planning on having fans at games at Soldier Field this season because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, The Chicago Tribune reported. After discussing a plan with Chicago health officials, the ...
World Rugby's proposed ban on transgender women sparks outcry

World Rugby's proposed ban on transgender women sparks outcry

Citing recent research, a 38-page World Rugby transgender working group draft document is proposing a ban on transgender women from playing women's rugby. An anonymous leaked the draft document to The Guardian. Windy City Times was ...





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